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Preliminary hearing set for accused bank robber

John Williams III

A preliminary hearing has been set for March 10 for John Williams III, 42, of Woodland, the second man accused of being involved in the armed robbery of the Umpqua Bank in Arbuckle in 2019. 

Williams, who is representing himself in the proceedings, has filed multiple motions, including a failed attempt to have Colusa County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson removed from the case. 

Thompson oversaw the court proceedings for Michael Gene Jones Jr., who ultimately pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Aug. 27, 2020, to nine years in state prison for second degree robbery.  

According to testimony at Jones’ preliminary hearing last April, DNA found on a glove linked Jones to the July 5, 2019, bank robbery, and DNA found on a headscarf, known as a “do-rag,” linked Williams to the crime. 

Both suspects had managed to elude capture the afternoon of the robbery, despite a high speed vehicle pursuit by a Colusa County deputy, court records indicate.  

Williams was arrested for the robbery on Oct. 7, 2019, in Woodland, but proceedings were delayed because of his prison commitment on unrelated criminal charges. 

Williams has filed a motion for the District Attorney to disclose all information in the case, including any statements made by Jones. He has also filed a motion to exclude a weapon as evidence. 

Williams is scheduled to appear in Colusa County Superior Court at 1:30 PM on March 10 for a preliminary hearing and a possible ruling on the motions.

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